Sociology Department

Hermann Kurthen

Hermann Kurthen (Associate Professor):  Hermann Kurthen teaches Research Methods and Introduction to Sociology at Grand Valley State University since 2004. He received his doctorate in Sociology from the Free University in West Berlin, Germany (1984), and also has a M.A. in Sociology, a M.A. in Economics, and a B.A. in Political Science. Previously he was employed at Stony Brook University (1997-2004), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991-1996), and the Free University West Berlin (1978-1990). Dr. Kurthen also conducted research at the University of Toronto and UNC Chapel Hill and obtained scholarships and research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., the German National Science Foundation (DFG), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). At Stony Brook he was co-editor of 'International Sociology' (1998-2002) and also developed and directed the Federated Learning Community Minor Program on Globalization. His research and numerous publications range from comparative and global studies, immigration and minority relations, transatlantic relations, and linguistic assimilation to online teaching. He is also engaged in academic exchange and study abroad activities.

Dr. Kurthen is an active long-distance/marathon runner and mountaineer. His highest point reached on Muztagh Ata in West China's Kunlun range was ~6,600 m (21,650 ft) in June 2009.

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1. Refereed journal articles in English:

Boehm, D. & Kurthen H. & L. Aniola-Jedrejek. 2010. "Do International Online Collaborative Learning Projects Impact Ethnocentrism?" E-Learning and Digital Media 7 (2): 133-146.

Kurthen, H. & B. S. Heisler. 2009. "Immigrant Integration: Comparative Evidence from the United States and Germany." Ethnic and Racial Studies 32 (1): 139-170.

Smith, G. G. & H. Kurthen. 2007. "Front-Stage and Back-Stage in Hybrid E-Learning Face-to-Face Courses." International Journal On E-Learning, Vol. 6 (3): 455-474.

Kurthen, H. & G. G. Smith. 2006. "Hybrid Online Face-to-Face Teaching: When is it an efficient Learning Tool?" International Journal of Learning, Vol. 12 (5): 237-246.

Losey, Kay M. & H. Kurthen. 2003. "Dispelling Myths: Facts for Developing an Appropriate Education Policy in Immigrant Nations." International Journal of Learning, Vol. 10: 917-931.

Kurthen H. 1998. "Gone with the Wind? German Language Retention in North Carolina and the U.S. in Comparative Perspective." Yearbook of German-American Studies, Vol. 33: 55-83.

Kurthen H. 1995. "Germany at the Crossroads: National Identity and the Challenges of Immigration." International Migration Review 29 (4): 914-938.

Kurthen H. & K. M. Losey. 1995. "How to Cope with Cultural Diversity: What is the U.S. Debate on Political Correctness Really About?" International Politics and Society-Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft 2 (1): 46-58.

Losey, K. M. & H. Kurthen. 1995. "The Rhetoric of 'Political Correctness' in the U.S. Media." Amerikastudien/American Studies 40 (2): 227-245.

Kurthen H. & M. Minkenberg. 1995. "Germany in Transition: Immigration, Racism and the Extreme Right." Nations and Nationalism 1 (2): 175-96.

2. Refereed journal articles in German:

Immerfall, Stefan & H. Kurthen. 2008. "Die transatlantische Wertegemeinschaft im 21. Jahrhundert." [The Transatlantic Community of Values in the 21st Century], Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 5-6: 3-8.

3. Book chapters in English:

Kurthen, H. 2009. "The Effects of Transnational Student On-Line Collaboration on Ethnocentrism and Individualism vs. Collectivism" In: Teaching Psychology around the World, Vol. 2, edited by Sherri McCarthy et al. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 574-599.

Kurthen, H. 2008. "Transnational Online Student Collaboration: Does it Work?" In Bernadette E. Dietz and Lynn Harper Ritchey (Eds.), Scaffold for Student Success in Learning: Effective Practices in Using Instructional Strategies (pp. 202-210). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

Kurthen, H. 2006. "Germany's Coming Out: Citizenship and Immigration Reform since Unification." In: Transformations of the New Germany, edited by Ruth A. Starkman. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 181-198.

Kurthen, H. & G. G. Smith. 2005. "Threshold Effects in Hybrid and Blended Online Classes." In Lynn Harper Ritchey (Ed.), Teaching Introduction to Sociology As a Hybrid Course: A Resource Manual (pp. 33-47). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

Kurthen, H. 1998. "Fiscal Impacts of Immigration on the American and German Welfare States." IN: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Welfare State in Germany and the United States (Part A) edited by Hermann Kurthen, Jurgen Fijalkowski, and Gert Wagner. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, pp. 175-212.

Kurthen, H. 1997. "Equity in Employment as a Means of Minority Incorporation: Some Results from a 1990 Toronto Survey." In: Multiculturalism in Nroth America and Europe. Comparative Perspectives on Interethnic Relations and Social Incorporation, edited by Wsevolod W. Isajiw. Toronto: Canadian Scholar's Press and the Robert F. Harney Professionship and Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies, University of Toronto, pp. 273-302.

Kurthen H. 1997. "Antisemitism and Xenophobia in United Germany: How the Burden of the Past Affects the Present." In: Antisemitism and Xenophobia in Germany after Unification, edited by Hermann Kurthen, Werner Bergmann, and Rainer Erb. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 39-87.

4. Book chapters in German:

Kurthen H. 2002. "Einwandererintegration im Spiegel der U.S. Amerikanischen Forschung" [Immigrant Integration in U.S. American Research] In: Wohlfahrtsstaat, Einwanderung und Ethnische Minderheiten, edited by Andreas Treichler. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, pp. 83-106.

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